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Published August 19, 1998
Bucks F TYRONE HILL recently signed a deal with the polygram Entertainment Group affil Platinum to distribute his All Net Records label. Billboard Senior Editor MELINDA NEWMAN: "It always seems that athletes want to be rock stars and rock stars want to be athletes" (VIBE, 8/10 issue). THE 29TH WORKS FOR US: MATS WILANDER will perform with recording artists dada -- whose "California Gold" was the second-most played song on alternative radio earlier this month -- and THE TORIES, at the '98 U.S. Open Player Party, August 29 at N.Y.'s China Club. The party is sponsored by Heineken USA (THE DAILY)....The MLS Mutiny announced THE GOO GOO DOLLS will perform at the closing of Houlihan Stadium after the team's last match on September 13 (Mutiny). OTHER NAMES: IOC Medical Commission Chair ALEXANDRE DE MERODE "responded" to recent remarks made by IOC President JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH about reducing the list of banned substances. De Merode: "The president can have his opinions. I do not understand, and they make me aghast ... people who want to reduce the list are the people who want to let doping function" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/18)...JIM CONNELLY, who recently resigned as NFLP Senior VP/Consumer Products, "is said to be a candidate for a top marketing post" at the NHL and "is a possible contender" to replace BOB GAMGORT as President of MLBP (AD AGE, 8/18)...."JUDGE MILLS LANE," the new courtroom show, "came out fighting in its syndication debut Monday" with a 21% ratings boost for the time periods it occupies on metered-market stations (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 8/19)....FRANK DUROSS, co-Owner of the A League Rochester Rhinos and the AHL Providence Bruins, sole Owner of the NLL's Boston Blazers and a limited partner in the MLS Fusion, is profiled in the Rochester DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE. A successful "sports entrepreneur" and millionaire, DuRoss is currently "spearheading" Rochester's push for an MLS team (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/15).